New Operator for Hoosier State Eyed

The Indiana Department  of Transportation is eyeing having a private operator take over the Hoosier State from Amtrak.

InDOT has hired R.L. Banks & Associates to develop a request for proposals to operate, market and improve service on the Chicago-Indianapolis route with the goal of increasing ridership and cutting the amount of public funding needed for the train.

The state and various communities along the line are currently underwriting the $2.7 million annual cost of running the quad-weekly train.

Amtrak’s Chicago-New York Cardinal uses the same route three days a week.

State and local leaders agreed to help fund the Hoosier State while they spent 12 to 15 months studying ways to run trains at times that would increase ridership and generate more revenue.

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